Monday, 17 October 2011

Online catalogue underway of 29,000 of Petrie's archaeological finds in Egypt

An extensive online catalogue of artefacts unearthed by Flinders Petrie, last century, in an important trading city in Egypt will be launched soon by the British Museum, reports Ahram Online

When British Egyptologist Flinders Petrie came to Egypt in 1883 he explored several archaeological sites and revealed some of the country’s ancient history.

Half a century after Petrie’s death, the British Museum in London started cataloguing some of the artefacts he unearthed in Egypt, especially those in possession of the 60 museums involved in sponsoring Petrie’s excavation missions.

The catalogue will contain the complete body of the 13,000 surviving objects from the early excavations at Naukratis. A wide variety of artefacts were found, including painted Greek pottery, Greek Cypriot and Phoenician transport amphorae, stone sculptures, terracotta figurines, faience scarabs and amulets, coins, jewellery, alabaster vases, coins, iron tools and bronze figurines.

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